Northern News : March 21st 2012
13 NORTHERN NEWS, MARCH 21, 2012 Your Waipapa team. Your local supporters. Waipapa 30 Klinac Lane (09) 407 6953 firstname.lastname@example.org Opening Hours Mon to Fri 8am-5pm, Sat 9am-12pm DOUG MORGAN - BUSINESS MANAGER Doug has lived in Northland his whole life and began his working career with an after-school job with Allied Farmers. He and his wife own a lifestyle block in Waimate North. Doug has worked 32 years in the stock and station industry, mostly in rural service. MIKE ELLIOTT Mike was raised on a dairy farm near Helensville, where his interest in farming started. His family then bought a sheep and beef property in the Far North, from which Mike and his brother operated an agricultural contracting business. Mike has also worked in the animal health and fertiliser industries. JUDE HUNTER Jude has always loved the farming industry, working from an early age on dairy farms, in woolsheds, and also in the kumara elds. She and her husband moved up to Okaihau from Ruawai seven years ago. Prior to joining Farmlands, Jude gained extensive herd-testing and rural retail experience. LINDA LOW Linda recently joined us as part time sales assistant. She grew up on a dairy farm in the Bay of Islands and has been involved in farming ever since, now running a sheep and beef farm with her husband. BEN GADSBY Ben is a Northlander born and bred. He was raised on a sheep and beef farm and has been involved in the rural sector for a large part of his life. Ben has a background in rural retail and looks forward to meeting Shareholders and customers in the Northland area. JOHN LEES John is Skelton s Northland Technical Advisor and is based at our Waipapa store. His aim is to help growers grow better quality crops and a healthier bottom line. Your Farmlands team are not just local. They re loyal. The years in the business really show in the advice and service they give out. Many have run farms themselves and know just what it takes to keep a farm and stock healthy and pro table. And remember, if you re a Shareholder you don t just bene t from extra sharp pricing, you get to share in the pro ts, too. So come on by, and say hi to your biggest supporters. Farmlands Trading Society Limited TRACTA38879 RuralDelivery Rural news from around Northland Advertising feature Modern farming business scheme Executive programme: Angus Taylor is Rabobank's director of its execuitive development programme. The increasing commercial focus required in farming today means farmers need to adopt a more strategic approach in running their businesses, which is the emphasis of a leading farm business management pro- gramme designed by Rabobank. Now in its 13th year, the prestigious Rabobank Execu- tive Development programme gives leading New Zealand and Australian farmers from a range of agricultural sectors the opportunity to develop and enhance their business management skills. Announcing the opening of applications for the 2012 intake of the programme, Rabobank group executive Neil Dobbin said the essence of the programme has always been to focus on the increasingly important com- mercial and strategic issues relevant to farmers today. The programme introduces participants to the latest practices in business man- agement: Leadership, strat- egy and planning, finance, human resources, value chain management and marketing, and how these can be directly applied to their businesses. We need to invest in those capabilities to manage an inevitably difficult and vol- atile business. That's what successful agribusiness man- agement is about,'' Mr Dobbin says. When thinking seriously about the future success of farm businesses, its import- ant to invest in the most important resource of the business - the management itself.'' Rabobank has appointed Angus Taylor as programme director of the bank's execu- tive development programme. Mr Taylor said farming has been changing to take on a much more commercial focus than ever before, requiring today's farmers to think more strategically about how they run their businesses. Farm operations are get- ting bigger, more commercial and business-focused, with more employees and contrac- tors working for them than ever before. The focus is mov- ing beyond just land and water, to people skills and business capabilities and this changes the nature of the game, Mr Taylor said. What has always defined the programme from the start is the way in which Rabobank brings together a group of farm business leaders and helps them think through how to lead their businesses into the next decade and beyond,'' Mr Taylor says. Teaching and learning techniques have changed and we've started to understand how powerful experiential learning can be. Increasingly, we are focusing on simulating a farming environment for our participants so that they learn to respond with the right management strategies.'' Mr Taylor is a respected business strategist in the resources, infrastructure and agricultural industries and is a director with Port Jackson Partners, a strategy consul- tancy firm working exten- sively with senior manage- ment and boards throughout Australasia, the United King- dom and the United States. Before taking the directorship of the executive development programme, Mr Taylor led Rabobank's highly- regarded farm managers' pro- gramme from its beginning in 2006. Originating from a sheep and cattle property near Nim- mitabel, in southern New South Wales, he continues to work closely with his family farming business, focusing on the expansion of operations through establishing leasing and management contracts for non-farming land owners. Applications for Rabobank's 2012 executive development programme are open until June 1, 2012, with only 36 applicants accepted from across a range of com- modities and geographical locations in New Zealand and Australia. Held in Sydney, the first module runs from August 19 to 24 with the second module taking place in July 2013. Producers interested in an application form or any further information on the Rabobank executive develop- ment programme should visit rabobank.co.nz or contact Rabobank business prog- rammes manager Nerida Sweetapple on +61 2 8115 4139 or email bmp@rabo bank.com. RURAL LENDER Rabobank New Zealand is one of the country's leading rural lenders and a significant provider of business and corporate banking and financial services to the New Zealand food and agri- business sector. The bank has 31 branches through- out the country. Rabobank New Zealand isapartofthe international Rabobank Group which is structured as a co-operative and operates in 48 countries, servicing the needs of approximately 10 million clients worldwide through a network of more than 1600 offices and branches.
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